Illinois Gov. Rauner dug in and lost. Can he be re-elected?

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks Wednesday during a news conference in Chicago. The budget impasse that began with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's tenure is finally over, despite the Republican's objections to the included income tax increase. Now the wealthy former businessman must ask voters for a second term in 2018 without reforms he promised and having lost a more than two-year fight. 

AP

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted seven petitions for clemency and denied 87 others.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board said the cases granted Friday include people convicted on charges for drugs, burglary, forgery, domestic battery and retain theft.

People whose clemency petitions are granted may go to court to try to have their criminal record expunged. All have undergone a recent criminal background check through an Illinois authorities' data system.

Late last year, Rauner's office announced the Republican had eliminated a backlog of thousands of clemency requests he inherited from previous governors.

— Associated Press

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